Turkish Delight (QT)

14 Day Tour from Istanbul to Istanbul

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As a cradle of civilization, Turkey is a country with many ancient ruins and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as friendly people and historical mosques, churches, and museums. On this in-depth Turkey tour, you’ll visit many of these amazing sites, drive through its spectacular scenery, and be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will help bring this country to life with in-depth, firsthand knowledge of the history, culture, and insider secrets.

Fans of ancient history will be thrilled with visits to Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 190 BC; the archaeological site of Troy, founded 5,000 years ago; Pergamum, dating back as early as 3,000 BC; Ephesus, founded in 6,000 BC; and much more. A tour highlight is an excursion from Cappadocia, which was sculpted out of the mountains and became a hub of many civilizations, to Göreme. Here, visit the Rock Chapels, carved by the early Christians and decorated with frescoes dating from the 6th to the 10th centuries. You'll visit a Rock-Cut Cave House and taste Turkish coffee or tea offered by the family living there—one of the special experiences offered by Globus. Also visit the underground city of Özkonak. These underground cities were once used as sanctuaries.

On this Turkey tour, you'll also enjoy guided sightseeing of the must-see sights in the cities, including Istanbul; Ankara, Turkey’s capital and second-largest city; Bursa, the Ottoman Empire’s first capital with a history dating back to 4,000 BC; and Konya, known as one of the world's earliest settlements, where man has lived since the early Stone Age. In Istanbul, at the end of your tour, enjoy a special visit to the Underground Cistern, the largest of the ancient cisterns lying beneath the city that dates back to the 6th century.

This fantastic tour through Turkey includes all of this and much more, including two nights in the Mediterranean paradise of Antalya. It’s a dream vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ISTANBUL
Welcome dinner, and a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing including visits to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Seraglio, and Grand Bazaar; receive the famous Evil Eye Turkish amulet; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the Underground Cistern
BURSA
Guided sightseeing including visits to the Green Ottoman Complex and the Great Mosque
GORDION
Guided visit of the excavation museum and King Midas’ Earth Tumulus
ANKARA
Guided sightseeing including visit to Atatürk’s Mausoleum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
CAPPADOCIA
Guided visit of the Caravansary of Sultanhani; visit the Rock Chapels and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a Rock-Cut Cave House and taste Turkish coffee or tea with the family; see the Castle of Uchisar; visit the underground city of Özkonak
KONYA
Guided sightseeing including Dervish Mevlana Monastery, Karatay Medrese, and Ince Minaret
PAMUKKALE
Guided visit of the Hierapolis
EPHESUS
Guided visit of the archaeological site and Chapel of the Virgin Mary
PERGAMUM
Guided visit of the Pergamum Museum and Asclepion
TROY AREA
Area Guided visit of the archaeological site of Troy; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lecture on healthy detox Mediterranean cuisine
DARDANELLES
Ferry crossing of the Straits
ANZAC
Pay tribute to the fallen war heroes at the cemetery

NOTE:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferry. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 12 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner and a special farewell dinner with wine in Istanbul

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey

Welcome to Istanbul! At 6:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 Istanbul

Founded by the Greeks as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago, renamed Constantinople in 330 AD when Constantine the Great elected it the capital of the Roman Empire, and finally called Istanbul after the Ottoman conquest in the 15th century, the city on the Bosporus always was and still is one of the most exciting places in the world. Its strategic location as gateway between Orient and Occident, the Islamic and the Christian worlds, and the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, predestined it for a turbulent history. Start your sightseeing at Emperor Justinian’s HAGIA SOPHIA and Sultan Ahmet’s BLUE MOSQUE, magnificent monuments to two competing world religions standing peacefully side by side. Next, turn to the TOPKAPI SERAGLIO, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Admire the Crown Jewels and the spectacular kaftans of the sultans that were worn during the Ottoman period. You may wish to join the optional Bosporus cruise, and this evening, the optional dinner outing.

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Day 3 Istanbul–Bursa

Tour the GRAND BAZAAR with its tiny shops, and receive the famous EVIL EYE Turkish amulet as a souvenir. Then, set out on your discovery tour of a country with the population of Britain and more than three times its size. Cross the Bosporus and then follow the shores of the Sea of Marmara to the Gulf of Gemlik. Here, you head inland towards the Uludag, also called the Mount Olympus of Mysia, a 7,700-foot-high skiing mountain. Bursa lies in its shadow, surrounded by lovely orchards. Founded by the Greeks and hotly contested during the Crusades, Bursa had its heyday as the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. In the afternoon, visit the great monuments to this period: the ornate GREEN OTTOMAN COMPLEX, the GREAT MOSQUE (Ulu Camii), and the ancient Covered Bazaar.

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Day 4 Bursa–Boyuzuk–Gordion–Ankara

Motor into the heart of the Anatolian Highland. After a break at Boyuzuk, head for GORDION. Tour the excavation museum of the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Phrygia, where Alexander the Great cut the proverbial knot and, thus, opened the way to Asia. Hear about the legend of King Midas with the golden touch as you visit the ruler’s great EARTH TUMULUS. Then, visit the MAUSOLEUM OF ATATÜRK, the revered founder of the republic. Overnight in Ankara, capital of the Turkish republic since 1923 and the country’s second-largest city.

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Day 5 Ankara–Cappadocia

Morning visit to the MUSEUM OF ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS with its unique collection of Hittite sun discs, stag cult figures and reliefs, and Phrygian metalwork. In the afternoon, head through the salt steppes and swamps of central Anatolia towards the volcanic plateau of Cappadocia, and stop south of the great salt lake Tuz Golu. Tonight, why not attend the mystical performance of the traditional semâ ceremony of the Whirling Dervishes in a caravansary?

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Day 6 Cappadocia. Excursion to Göreme & Özkonak

Experience the unreal moon-like landscape of Göreme with its ROCK CHAPELS, a UNESCO World Heritage Site carved by the early Christians and decorated with frescoes dating from the 6th to the 10th centuries. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit a ROCK-CUT CAVE HOUSE, and taste Turkish coffee or tea offered by the family living there. See the Castle of Uchisar on the way to the underground city of ÖZKONAK. Then, enjoy the sweeping panorama at ancient Ortahisar on the way back to the hotel. A souvenir GROUP PICTURE will be taken.

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Day 7 Cappadocia–Sultanhani–Konya

This morning, stop at the fortress-like CARAVANSARY OF SULTANHANI. Then, westwards to the land of the Whirling Dervishes and to Konya. The Iconium of antiquity occupies a fertile island in the arid Anatolian steppes. Man has lived here since the early Stone Age, and the town had its moment of glory as the capital of the mighty Seljuk Empire from 1078 to 1307. Today it thrives on agriculture and the manufacture of fine carpets. Afternoon sightseeing features visits to three outstanding Seljuk structures: the MEVLANA MONASTERY of the Dervishes, now a museum; the KARATAY MEDRESE (theological school); and the elegant INCE MINARET.

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Day 8 Konya–Antalya

Drive across the Taurus Mountains into the luxuriant green forests, orchards, and olive groves on the hills sloping down to the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea. You enter an area only recently discovered by discerning European vacationers.

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Day 9 At Leisure in Antalya

A full day to enjoy this Mediterranean paradise and to discover its antique treasures.

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Day 10 Antalya–Hierapolis–Pamukkale

Turn inland across two mountain passes and arrive in Pamukkale. The name means “Cotton Castle” and refers to the spectacular white lime cascades formed by its hot springs. Visit the fascinating archaeological site of HIERAPOLIS, the thermal resort founded by a Pergamene king in 190 BC and greatly enlarged and embellished by the Romans. At the hotel tonight, a leisurely bath in a pool of hot thermal water might be just the way to relax.

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Day 11 Pamukkale–Ephesus–Izmir

Follow the valley of the Menderes River to Ephesus, home of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus and, later, the capital of Roman Asia Minor. When St. Paul arrived here, he was so awestruck that he asked: “Is there a greater city?” Visit one of the best-preserved ancient AMPHITHEATERS, then drive up to the CHAPEL marking the site where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days. Overnight in Izmir (Smyrna), Homer’s birthplace on the Aegean coast.

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Day 12 Izmir– Pergamum–Troy Area

Start with visits to the PERGAMUM MUSEUM and the ASCLEPION, a shrine to the Greek god of medicine. Then, enjoy vistas of the Greek island of Lesbos as you follow the shores of the Bay of Edremit. Continue to TROY, the perfect place to brush up on Homer’s Trojan War—hollow wooden horse and all! Spend the night at nearby Canakkale. Before dinner, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a LECTURE on healthy detox with Mediterranean cuisine will teach you how to prepare the famous Turkish flat bread with fresh wild nettle and goat cheese using 16th-century techniques.

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Day 13 Troy Area–Gallipoli–Istanbul

By FERRY, cross the Dardanelles back to Europe and the 21st century. Visit the World War I battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula, where Allied troops, mainly Australians and New Zealanders, suffered heavy casualties in a disastrous campaign. Pay tribute to the heroes of those tragic months of 1915 at the ANZAC CEMETERY and the LONE PINE MEMORIAL. Then, drive along the European shore of the Sea of Marmara back to Istanbul. Before your farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a highlight visit to the UNDERGROUND CISTERN, brought to life in Dan Brown’s bestseller Inferno.

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Day 14 Istanbul

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

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 Accommodations

Istanbul
Bursa
Ankara
Cappadocia
Konya
Antalya
Pamukkale
Izmir
Canakkale

Istanbul

Surmeli Hotel Istanbul

Superior First-Class

Surmeli Hotel Istanbul Prof Dr.Bulent Tarcan Sok 3, Istanbul,   Turkey

Prof Dr.Bulent Tarcan Sok 3
Istanbul, Turkey

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Located in heart of the city, at the commercial center, very close to the Bosphours and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Hot Tub
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer

Bursa

Almira

First-Class

Almira Ulubatli Hasan Bulv.5, Bursa,  Turkey

Ulubatli Hasan Bulv.5
Bursa, Turkey

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The most favored hotel in the South Marmara Region, ALMIRA HOTEL "Welcomes" the guests for quarter of a century through the service manner established on unconditional guest satisfaction.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Television

Ankara

Etap Altinel

Superior First-Class

Etap Altinel Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulv 151, Ankara,   Turkey

Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulv 151
Ankara, Turkey

The hotel features spacious, comfortable and highly equipped rooms, 9 conference and banquet rooms, a business center, free Wi-Fi, a spa with sauna, a Turkish bath and a gym. It also offers, among other facilities, a panoramic B-lounge with views over the whole city.

Hotel Amenities

  • Hot Tub
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Smoking Rooms

Cappadocia

Peri Tower

First-Class

Peri Tower Yeni Mah.Adnan Menderes, Nar/Nevsehir,   Turkey

Yeni Mah.Adnan Menderes
Nar/Nevsehir, Turkey

Peri Tower Hotel accommodation and recreational facilities is one of the finest in the region. City and historical views are available.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Hot Tub
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Window Opens
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access

Konya

Hilton Garden Inn Konya

First-Class

Hilton Garden Inn Konya Mevlana Kultur Merkezi, Konya,  Turkey

Mevlana Kultur Merkezi
Konya, Turkey

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Relax in Hilton Garden Inn Konya, Turkey hotel situated in the center of historic Konya. Next to Mevlana Cultural Center and within walking distance of local attractions and cultural sites, the hotel combines convenience and comfort.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer

Antalya

The Marmara Antalya

Superior First-Class

The Marmara Antalya Eski Lara Yolu No.136, Antalya,  Turkey

Eski Lara Yolu No.136
Antalya, Turkey

Located 3 km from Antalya's historical center, the Marmara Antalya is a modern resort hotel comprising a high-rise building.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub

Room Amenities

  • Voicemail
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk

Pamukkale

Lycus River Thermal

First-Class

Lycus River Thermal Karahayit, Pamukkale,   Turkey

Karahayit
Pamukkale, Turkey

A hotel where you can find hot springs with the thousands years of history along with historical structure and perfectly organized service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Hot Tub
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Ice Machine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk

Izmir

Wyndham Izmir Ozdilek

Deluxe

Wyndham Izmir Ozdilek Inciralti Street 67 Balcova, Izmir,  Turkey

Inciralti Street 67 Balcova
Izmir, Turkey

As a member of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Izmir Özdilek offers privileges and advantages of distinguished location embracing sea & city to guests travelling for business or vacation purposes and meeting delegates with five star hotel quality.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Canakkale

Iris

First-Class

Iris Mola Caddesi 48 Guzel Yali, Canakkale,  Turkey

Mola Caddesi 48 Guzel Yali
Canakkale, Turkey

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A Beachfront hotel in Canakkale's Guzelyali district with spa, gym, outdoor pool and spectacular views of the Gallipoli peninsula. There are 3 restaurants, including a seasonal, outdoor option, and 4 bars, free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking/Valet
  • Spa Services
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Non-smoking Rooms

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Istanbul
Cappadocia
Antalya

Istanbul

Bosphorus Cruise

Bosphorus Cruise

Your Local Guide accompanies you on a private boat cruise along the shore of two continents. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of rococo and baroque-style buildings, impressive Ottoman wooden houses, 15th-century fortresses, and the famous suspension bridge a real architectural wonder.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

Turkish Dinner and Folklore Show

Turkish Dinner and Folklore Show

An evening at one of Istanbul's favorite night clubs. Enjoy a succulent dinner, half a bottle of wine per person included, while Turkish folklore groups, singers, and belly dancers put on a dazzling show.

Approximate value: €66 EUR per person

Cappadocia

The Whirling Dervishes

The Whirling Dervishes

Attend the traditional semâ ceremony of Whirling Dervishes in a caravansary, which dates back to the 13th century. A traditional fruit cocktail will be offered at the end of the performance.

Approximate value: €32.50 EUR per person

Antalya

Excursion to Perge and Aspendos

Excursion to Perge and Aspendos

Focus on the impressive remains of 3,000-year-old Perge. Admire the Roman city gate and the precious marble reliefs displayed at the stadium. Continue your visit to ancient Aspendos, famous for its perfectly preserved 170 AD Roman theater that seats 15,000.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



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